Gluten Free Blueberry Flax Meal Pancake Recipe
As I write this post, I’m mad at my husband and I am upset. I am not upset because he is a treacherous, horrible person, because he is not. I am not upset because he committed some heinous transgression, because he didn’t. And besides, he is not stupid, I write a blog – why would he do something bad when he knows I would write about it for the world to read? I am not upset because we had a fight.
Common sense would dictate that when two people of divergent backgrounds with tempers and polar opposite points of view (not to mention genders) live together for any period of time, there is bound to be the occasional argument or fight. Long ago we decided that we are married for life and we can be happy or miserable – so there is no walking out, no leaving, and no threatening to leave. We are in this thing called marriage together, so we had better work it out. Since neither one of us want to be miserable, we always kiss and make up.
Over the years we have learned to fight fair. We do not attack the person or their character but the behavior we find offensive. For example, if we had plans to go to out for a nice dinner after a long week of hard work and one of us (HIM!) forgets and gets home late, having grabbed dinner on the way home while the other (ME!) dutifully and hungrily waited, you do not say, “You stupid, un-caring, moronic bastard! What the hell is wrong with you that you can’t remember we had plans. Have you lost what little sense you had in the first place?” Instead you say, “I was really looking forward to our evening out and am very disappointed.”
We also have realized it is almost impossible to “schedule” a fight for the future. If we are in a dead lock of disagreement one or the other will say “we’ll fight about it tomorrow.” At this point we either laugh and it’s over or we discuss it the next day when calmer heads prevail. And maybe most importantly we have learned that once settled, the argument is done – we move on. We don’t keep bring it up, rubbing salt into the wound.
So why am I upset? Because I can’t remember why I am mad at him! Now before you write to me saying “If you can’t remember it must not be important” may I just point out that I often can’t remember where I parked my car at the mall but it is important to eventually remember if I plan to get home.
I need to recall if my anger is justified or not. Once I woke up furious with my poor husband and it took hours of stony silence and a second cup of coffee for me to realize that he probably didn’t (and wouldn’t) trade me for a chest full of gold doubloons and rubies, leaving me to parish marooned on a desert island (apparently eating smoked oysters with mango chutney before bed leads to strange dreams).
And then there was the time when he walked into the living room to find me sobbing uncontrollably at a commercial. He tried to comfort and gently probed until I finally blurted out that I hated our wedding pictures. He valiantly attempted to right this devastating wrong and came up with several solutions, which included, but were not limited to, reviving long dead relatives, recreating our entire wedding, and hiring Annie Leibovitz to shoot the photos. When he failed to console me he finally gave up stating I was irrational and hormonal and I went from devastated to enraged – at him. Of course I was irrational and hormonal! But only a very brave or very stupid man will point this out to his wife at such a time.
Maybe a healthy breakfast will help fire up the synapses in my brain and I will be able to determine if I should be mad or forget about it. But when I’m upset, I need comfort. These gluten free blueberry flax meal pancakes are both healthy and comforting. They contain protein, fruit, and fiber – all good for you. But the pancake itself does not have that “good for you” taste.
- 1 small apple - (or ½ large), roughly chopped
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoon flax seed meal
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 pinch kosher or sea salt
- ½ cup blueberries
Put the apple in a food processor or blender and pulse a few times to chop it up. Add the egg, flax seed meal, water and salt and process until well blended.
Heat a small non-stick skillet over medium high heat and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the hot pan and turn the heat down to low. Sprinkle the blueberries on top of the batter and gently press them into the top of the pancake. Cook for about 6 minutes or until the edges look dry, the bottom is browned and the pancake will slide around in the pan after it has been loosened with a spatula. Flip the pancake over and cook for another 4 – 5 minutes. The pancake should feel firm to the touch. Flip onto a plate (blueberry side up) and serve.
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